News Releases

Apr

04

2020

April 04, 2020

In This Update: Department of Health Advises Use of Masks When Leaving Home Continuity of Education Grant Applications Available April 6 Tele-town Hall Will Focus on Pennsylvania Veterans’ Issues During COVID-19 New Behavioral Health Support and Referral Helpline Available Now Department of Agriculture Finds No Evidence COVID-19 is Transmissible Through Food Additional Tax Filing Dates […]   [Read More]

Apr

02

2020

April 02, 2020

In This Edition: Governor’s “Stay-At-Home” Order Extended Statewide Friday Deadline for Businesses to Apply for Waiver from Closure Order State Business Loan Program Reaches Maximum; New Loan Program Created to Help Businesses Help is Still Available for Victims of Abuse During COVID-19 Response Beware of COVID-19-Related Investment Schemes Penn State Extension Offers Free Online Courses […]   [Read More]

Apr

02

2020

April 02, 2020

A new loan program offered by the federal government will help businesses, employees and self-employed individuals that have been impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency, according to Senator Yudichak.    [Read More]

Apr

01

2020

April 01, 2020

In This Update: Educational Resources Available for Students During Indefinite School Closures Major Disaster Declaration Issued in Pennsylvania PA 2-1-1 Steps Up COVID-19 Information Efforts USDA Waiver Will Ensure All Children Qualify for Free Meals Utility Providers Offer Special Programs for Families Affected by COVID-19 Visit The State Museum of Pennsylvania Online   Educational Resources […]   [Read More]

Mar

30

2020

March 30, 2020

In this Issue: Carbon County Added to the Stay at Home List; Schools and Business Closures Continue PennDOT Extends Deadlines for Driver Licenses, Registrations and More Federal Action Could Offer Relief for Self-Employed Pennsylvanians Affected by COVID-19 Mitigation USDA Approves COVID-19 Disaster Food Distribution Efforts Underway to Bolster Healthcare System  Carbon County Added to the […]   [Read More]

Mar

30

2020

March 30, 2020

The Department of Education announced today that all schools in Pennsylvania will remain closed indefinitely in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, according to State Senator John Yudichak.   [Read More]

Mar

28

2020

March 28, 2020

In this issue: Coronavirus Response Bills Signed Into Law Governor Wolf’s “Stay-At-Home” Order Expanded to 12 More Counties List of Life-Sustaining Businesses Updated; Up to 10,000 Businesses Submit Waiver Requests License Renewal Deadlines Extended for Nurses and Other Professionals DHS Assists Essential Workers in Finding Child Care Providers Coronavirus Response Bills Signed Into Law Four […]   [Read More]

Mar

27

2020

March 27, 2020

State Senator John Yudichak (I-14), Senator John Gordner (R-27), Senator Lisa Baker (R-20) and Representative Aaron Kaufer (R -120) issued the following statement regarding the passage of House Bill 68, which makes changes to Pennsylvania’s unemployment compensation law to address the COVID-19 coronavirus, and the federal CARES Act which has passed Congress.   [Read More]

Mar

27

2020

March 27, 2020

Stay at Home Order Extended to Nine More Counties — Including Luzerne County Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised their “Stay at Home” orders to include nine additional counties – Berks, Butler, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Luzerne, Pike, Wayne, Westmoreland and York – bringing the state total to 19 counties under a […]   [Read More]

Mar

27

2020

March 27, 2020

State Senator John Yudichak (I-Luzerne/Carbon), Representative Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne), and other supporters of House Bill 1100 released the following statements in response to Governor Wolf’s veto message on House Bill 1100, the Energy and Fertilizer Manufacturing Tax Credit bill.   [Read More]

Mar

26

2020

March 26, 2020

In this Update: Senate Approves COVID-19 Response Measures Applications Now Being Accepted for New Small Business Low-Interest Loan Program Three Counties Added to Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order  Retired Healthcare Providers Can Assist in COVID-19 Response Facilities Closed at State Parks and Forests Consumers Can Report Price Gouging Tips Online Senate Approves COVID-19 Response Measures The Senate […]   [Read More]

Mar

25

2020

March 25, 2020

State Senator John Yudichak (I-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement today after the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed measures designated to offer relief to Pennsylvanians affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus.   [Read More]

Mar

25

2020

March 25, 2020

Small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency can apply now for low-interest state loans, according to State Senator John Yudichak.   [Read More]

Mar

25

2020

March 25, 2020

State Senator John Yudichak (I-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement regarding the first death in Luzerne County from COVID-19.   [Read More]

Mar

24

2020

March 24, 2020

The Senate plans to convene on at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, to consider a number of measures designed to offer relief to Pennsylvanians affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to State Senator John Yudichak.   [Read More]

Mar

24

2020

March 24, 2020

In this Update: School Closures Extended Through at Least April 6; Students Could Return April 9 PIDA Approves Low-Interest Loan Program to Help Small Businesses Governor Issues Stay-at-Home Order in Seven PA Counties School Closures Extended Through at Least April 6; Students Could Return April 9 The Department of Education has announced that all schools […]   [Read More]

Mar

24

2020

March 24, 2020

The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) approved funding today to provide $61 million in low-interest loans to Pennsylvania small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency, according to State Senator John Yudichak.   [Read More]

Mar

23

2020

March 23, 2020

The Department of Education (PDE) announced today all schools in the commonwealth will remain closed through at least April 6 as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts, State Senator John Yudichak said.    [Read More]

Mar

23

2020

March 23, 2020

State Senator John Yudichak (I-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement today regarding the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections decision to temporarily use SCI Retreat as the reception facility for new male commitments to the DOC and for male parole violators beginning on March 28.   [Read More]

Mar

22

2020

March 22, 2020

The deadline to file Pennsylvania personal income tax returns with the Department of Revenue for 2019 has been extended by 90 days to July 15, according to State Senator John Yudichak.   [Read More]

Mar

21

2020

March 21, 2020

March 21, 2020 In this Update: Coronavirus Update: Enforcement of Business Shutdown Order Delayed, List of Life-Sustaining Businesses Expanded Recommendations Issued for Employment and Training Programs During Coronavirus Mitigation Precautions Taken to Protect Veterans During COVID-19 Outbreak Be Aware of Scams Related to Coronavirus Guidance Offered for Pet Owners, Animal Shelters, Boarding Facilities UPDATE: Federal […]   [Read More]

Mar

21

2020

March 21, 2020

State Senator John Yudichak is reminding older Pennsylvanians and their caretakers that a number of steps have been taken this week to protect seniors during statewide efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.   [Read More]

Mar

20

2020

March 20, 2020

Wolf Orders Shutdown of Non-Life-Sustaining Businesses; Appeals Process Established On Thursday evening, Governor Wolf ordered the closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania. A list of business types that would be affected by this order is available at https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/20200319-Life-Sustaining-Business.pdf As a result of these concerns, the Wolf Administration announced a waiver process for any company […]   [Read More]

Mar

19

2020

March 19, 2020

State Senator John Yudichak (I – Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement on Pennsylvania’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus today:   [Read More]

Mar

19

2020

March 19, 2020

State Senator John Yudichak is reminding community residents that resources are available to help employees and families who have been affected by the state’s coronavirus mitigation efforts.   [Read More]

Mar

19

2020

March 19, 2020

New Website Offers Guidance on Responding to Coronavirus Statewide efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus have raised a number of questions and concerns throughout our local communities. A new website has been established to provide guidance for Pennsylvania families, businesses and schools as the situation develops. Information on symptoms and prevention, travel, […]   [Read More]

Mar

18

2020

March 18, 2020

The Senate took an important step to continue its operations safely today by passing a resolution allowing members to vote remotely, according to State Senator John Yudichak.   [Read More]

Mar

16

2020

March 16, 2020

State Senator John Yudichak (I-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Pittston will receive $500,000 from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency for the Lofts @ Oak and Main project.   [Read More]

Mar

16

2020

March 16, 2020

Coronavirus Updates In order to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and protect public health and safety, my offices in Harrisburg, Nanticoke and Jim Thorpe are closed temporarily. However, you can still reach my office via phone and email. Please visit https://senatoryudichak.com/staff/ for all contact info. Governor Wolf and officials from the Department […]   [Read More]

Mar

10

2020

March 10, 2020

As Gov. Tom Wolf’s threat to veto legislation (House Bill 1100) seeking to establish an Energy and Fertilizer Manufacturing Tax Credit in the Commonwealth is still looming, Sen. John Yudichak (I-Carbon/Luzerne) and Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne), the bill’s sponsor, stood alongside local laborers and business leaders to reinforce the positive impact this legislation will have on Pennsylvania’s economy and its workforce.   [Read More]

Mar

09

2020

March 09, 2020

Capitol news conference to call on Governor Wolf to sign House Bill 1100 part of the Energize PA Legislative Package. The Senate and House passed HB 1100 to promote family-sustaining jobs/careers and to strengthen the state’s economy by supporting the bipartisan manufacturing tax credit.     [Read More]

Feb

28

2020

February 28, 2020

State Senator John Yudichak (I – Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that over the next month his office will be holding outreach events at various locations across Luzerne County.    [Read More]

Feb

26

2020

February 26, 2020

State Senator John Yudichak (I-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that school safety and security grants totaling over $1.1 million were awarded in the 14th Senatorial District.   [Read More]

Feb

26

2020

February 26, 2020

State Senator John Yudichak and others will join the Wilkes-Barre Scranton/Penguins and other local officials to announce a tourism grant that will benefit the residents and visitors of Wilkes-Barre on February 27 at 11 am in the lobby area of the Toyota SportsPlex.   [Read More]

Feb

21

2020

February 21, 2020

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Outreach Events Every year, my staff helps hundreds of residents apply for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate program. We have scheduled a number of events in the district to help residents apply for this invaluable program over the next month. You can also always visit my district offices in Nanticoke or Jim Thorpe […]   [Read More]

Feb

12

2020

February 12, 2020

State Senators John Yudichak (I-14), Lisa Baker (R-20), Scott Hutchinson (R-21) and Michele Brooks (R-50) released the following statement regarding Governor Wolf’s veto of Senate Bill 906   [Read More]

Feb

10

2020

February 10, 2020

Senator Yudichak Applauds Passage of HB 1100 Last week, I offered an amendment to House Bill 1100 (Kaufer), which establishes an Energy and Fertilizer Manufacturing Tax Credit to foster the development and construction of new petrochemical and fertilizer manufacturing plants in Pennsylvania. The amended version of House Bill 1100 passed the Senate by a vote […]   [Read More]

Feb

04

2020

February 04, 2020

State Senator John Yudichak (I-Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that his amendment to House Bill 1100 that guarantees a minimum investment of $450 million, the creation of 800 new jobs, the payment of prevailing wage rates, and the use of local labor passed the Senate by a vote of 39-11.   [Read More]

Feb

04

2020

February 04, 2020

State Senator John Yudichak (I-Luzerne/Carbon) released the following statement after Governor Tom Wolf unveiled his 2020-2021 budget proposal today:   [Read More]

Jan

31

2020

January 31, 2020

Remarks of Senator Yudichak at a news conference in Nanticoke on Community Recovery Reinvestment Legislation.     [Read More]

Jan

31

2020

January 31, 2020

State Senator John Yudichak (I-14) and State Senator Lisa Baker (R-20) announced today that they will introduce legislation that will supply resources to impacted communities that are dealing with the effects of a state facility closure.   [Read More]

Jan

30

2020

January 30, 2020

News Conference Announcing Community Recovery & Reinvestment Legislation |     [Read More]

Jan

29

2020

January 29, 2020

A service officer with the VFW State Assistant Department will visit Senator Yudichak’s Nanticoke District office on February 19, 2020 to help veterans and their dependents with any questions they have regarding benefits, VA forms or anything else they need assistance with.   [Read More]

Jan

27

2020

January 27, 2020

Senator John Yudichak (I-14), Senator Michele Brooks (R-50), Senator Scott Hutchinson (R-21) and Senator Lisa Baker (R-20) announced today that the Senate has concurred with changes made to Senate Bill 906 by a vote of 28-21 and the bill will now go to Governor Wolf.   [Read More]

Jan

22

2020

January 22, 2020

State Senator John Yudichak (I -Luzerne/Carbon) and State Representative Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) announced today that eight Carbon County projects will receive $710,000 in state grants through the Monroe County Local Share Account.   [Read More]

Jan

21

2020

January 21, 2020

The following is a statement from State Senator John Yudichak (I – Luzerne/Carbon) in support of the families from White Haven Center and Polk State Center that announced today in the Capitol Rotunda the filing of a Civil Rights Lawsuit in Federal Court to protect the rights of their loved ones, and those on the “waiting list” for community-based care to be able to choose the services and resources offered by Pennsylvania’s state centers.   [Read More]

Jan

21

2020

January 21, 2020

A group of legislators and stakeholders held a rally Capitol Main Rotunda to announce a lawsuit against Governor Wolf on the proposed closures of Polk and White Haven state centers.     [Read More]

Jan

17

2020

January 17, 2020

State Senators John Yudichak (I-Luzerne/Carbon), Lisa Baker (R-20) and John Gordner (R-27) released the following statement today regarding Governor Wolf’s decision to accept the recommendation made by the Department of Corrections to close SCI Retreat.   [Read More]

Jan

17

2020

January 17, 2020

State Senator John Yudichak (I – Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that several school districts in the 14th Senatorial District received PAsmart targeted grants to expand computer science programming and training in their school districts.   [Read More]

Jan

15

2020

January 15, 2020

State Senator John Yudichak (I-14) released the following statement today after the House passed Senate Bill 906 by a vote of 139-55.   [Read More]

Jan

15

2020

January 15, 2020

State Senators John Yudichak (I-14), Lisa Baker (R-20) and John Gordner (R-27) released the following statement today regarding the Department of Corrections decision to recommend that SCI-Retreat be closed.   [Read More]

Dec

20

2019

December 20, 2019

State Senator John Yudichak (I – Luzerne/Carbon) was notified by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections today that SCI Retreat was notified by the Department of Corrections this morning that a final decision on the proposed closure of SCI Retreat will be made in January 2020.    [Read More]

Dec

18

2019

December 18, 2019

State Senator John Yudichak (I – Luzerne/Carbon) was appointed to the following committees today.   [Read More]

Dec

18

2019

December 18, 2019

State Senator John Yudichak (I – Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that Hanover Township was awarded $110,925 in grant funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) grant program.   [Read More]

Dec

17

2019

December 17, 2019

State Senators John Yudichak (I-14), Michele Brooks (R-50), Scott Hutchinson (R-21) and Lisa Baker (R-20) announced today that the House Health Committee passed Senate Bill 906 by a vote of 13-12. The bill establishes a moratorium on the proposed closure of Polk and White Haven State Centers.   [Read More]

Nov

18

2019

November 18, 2019

Senator Yudichak speaks in support of Senate Bill 906, legislation to institute a moratorium on the scheduled closing of the Polk and White Haven State Centers.     [Read More]

Oct

22

2019

October 22, 2019

Senator Yudichak joins his Senate colleagues in honoring their guest, Pat Solano.     [Read More]

Apr

26

2019

April 26, 2019

Senator Yudichak joined legislative colleagues at a news conference to announce new legislation to help support the threatened coal refuse industry in Pennsylvania.     [Read More]